This morning, the Fianna Fáil Whip Michael Moynihan TD received a letter from Stephen Donnelly TD applying to join the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party.

The application was discussed at this morning’s meeting. Stephen’s admission was then formally proposed and approved unanimously.

Party Leader MIcheál Martin TD commented, “I would like to welcome Stephen Donnelly to the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party. As part of our rebuilding process over the last number of years, Fianna Fáil have made it clear that we welcome new people and new ideas. That message has resonated across the country and in the 2016 General Election we saw the election of an energetic and talented Fianna Fáil team to both Houses of the Oireachtas.

“That process of rebuilding continues and the decision of Deputy Stephen Donnelly to join our team is very encouraging. Stephen has made a serious impact nationally in his time as a TD. In his various roles he has demonstrated a commitment to the principles of fairness and social democracy that underpin the values and policies of the Fianna Fáil party and I know that he will be a strong addition to our existing team, working alongside Pat Casey in Wicklow and nationally.

Fianna Fáil’s TD in Wicklow, Deputy Pat Casey commented, “I welcome Stephen into the party and look forward to working with him in the Wicklow / East Carlow constituency and at a national level in Dáil Éireann. He is a positive addition to our team in Wicklow and our party.”

Deputy Donnelly commented, “I am very pleased that my application to join the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party has been accepted. I was motivated to enter politics to make a difference in my community and to try and help change the direction of the country. I am very concerned at the various challenges facing our country and believe I can best play my part in addressing them as part of the Fianna Fail team whose policies reflect what I have advocated for.

“Over recent years I have watched how Micheál Martin and Fianna Fáil have developed a suite of constructive, progressive policies that have emphasised fairness and investment in public services and I look forward to playing my part in moving those policies forward. Working alongside Pat in Wicklow and with the whole team nationally, I believe that we can make a positive difference.”

The Party Leader will formally welcome Stephen to the party this afternoon at Leinster House.

  • Gord

    This is going to take some serious explaining to those of us who’ve been championing you as an alternative for the last number of years. Those of us who were looking, and still are, to viable alternatives to the old guard, those who have screwed us for a long time. Of which you are now rank and file.
    I hope Fianna fail voters take to you, because those who voted for you in the last election will have just walked away, deeply, deeply hurt.

  • Gerry

    Will you resign your seat straight away and run for FF in the subsequent by-election? That is the only legitimate way for you to represent Fianna Fail in Wicklow prior to the next general election.
    Like all the commentators on your Facebook page, here, and in the letters page of the Irish Times, I am extremely disappointed in this cynical move of yours, even though it’s been flagged for a long time.

  • bossbutteringbee

    I think you are making a mistake Stephen. As one example the year of work you put into exposing the vulture fund Section 110 taxation boondoggle will become very much more difficult when most of your new colleagues are glorified County Councillors of little international experience with little grasp of or interest in strategic issues.
    You will probably find your face does not fit. FF people wont cooperate with you and will be hostile to you because you are regarded as ethically superior to them (which is probably true). I predict you will be gone within 18 months which on top of the SDP instability raises questions. I think you should reassess and embrace your role as an independent representative in our national parliament. Nobody does it better.
    Having said that, bonne chance!